Bitcoin slips under $20K amid Biden budget, Silvergate collapse
Bitcoin (BTC) briefly slipped below $20,000 for the first time in nearly two months, following the latest budget from United States President Joe Biden and the collapse of “crypto-bank” Silvergate.
The price of BTC dipped to $19,945 on March 10 before recovering to hover just above $20,000, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Bitcoin had a stellar start to 2023 but fell as much as 5% in an hour on March 3 amid uncertainty at Silvergate. The price doesn’t appear to have been able to lift since.
The announcement that Silvergate Bank, one of the key banks in the United States that services crypto firms, had entered into voluntary liquidation on March 8 has emerged as a possible strong headwind for the crypto industry.
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Meanwhile, a supplementary budget explainer paper on March 9 revealed that United States crypto miners could eventually be subject to a 30% tax on electricity costs under a Biden budget proposal that aims to “reduce mining activity.”